Melbourne, VIC; 15 July 2013 6:00 AM
POO POWER! NAMED AS FINALIST IN NATIONAL INDUSTRY AWARD
Clean Energy Council has recognised Poo Power! and its creator Duncan Chew as a finalist of the Clean Energy Awards in recognition of demonstrated outstanding positive community engagement in relation to the Australian clean energy industry.
Duncan Chew is one of three finalists in the Community Engagement category for his innovative project that uses dog waste as a source of renewable energy that is to be used to light public dog parks. Biogas generation, also known as anaerobic digestion, is the technology Mr Chew advocates in creating renewable energy from the 1,350 tonnes of dog poo produced every day in Australia.
Poo Power! is also an awareness campaign of the environmental and social issues of dog waste that has caught the attention of Australia. When Mr. Chew was notified before the weekend, he explained "converting what we traditionally refer to as waste into renewable energy allows the community to actively participate in their own energy generation in a way that they may have not have thought of beforehand." Humour is clearly evident in the project's community outreach program.
The Clean Energy Council Awards are hosted as part of Clean Energy Week which is held in Brisbane from July 24 - 26 in 2013. The awards include technical award categories for small-scale solar and awards for business community engagement, media, as well as innovation and research. All categories celebrate excellence and leadership in the Australian clean energy industry.
The winners will be presented with their awards at the Clean Energy Council Award ceremony at the Clean Energy Week dinner on Wednesday 24 July 2013.
Mr Chew will be presenting at the 2013 Clean Energy Week bioenergy session on Friday 26 July 2013.
Mr Chew owns two boxer dogs - Sally (13) and Diesel (6) - and credits them as his source of inspiration and endless supply of poo.
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